2020 DAY of the LIVING ALES!

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

afternoon session: 1-5pm // evening session: 6-10pm

Bottom Lounge
1375 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60607

The national drink of Great Britain, cask conditioned ales have been served for centuries.  Before brewers fell in love with artificial carbonation and filtering, beer was naturally conditioned by yeast in the cask, and served at a temperature warm enough to actually taste the beer.  A properly served cask ale is neither cloudy, flat, nor warm; rather it is bright, with a gentle carbonation, and served at cellar temperature.

Sample a vast array of different beers at our walk-around tasting featuring the best cask conditioned ales from Chicagoland breweries and specially selected guests. Food will be available for purchase.

Casks are handled by the Chicago Beer Society’s own experienced cellarmen, trained in the UK to care for and serve real ale.  Attendees will vote on their favorites to crown The Champion Real Ales of Chicagoland for 2018!

During the afternoon session Hook’s Cheese, Mineral Point Wisconsin, will sample one of its blue cheeses, a sheep milk Gouda, a mixed milk number called Triple Play, and Hook’s classic 5-year-old cheddar.

For the evening session, Dave Phillips of Cheese and Cheers (and an active member of the Chicago Beer Society) will sample a specially-curated selection of cheddars, blues and odd styles that pair well with cask beer. All the cheeses will be available for purchase at Potash Markets State Street, where Phillips spends his days running the chain’s gourmet cheese department. 

Admission includes souvenir tasting glass, program, and beer & cheese samples. All ticket sales and sessions chosen are final. All beers will be available for both the afternoon and evening sessions

Participating Breweries:

– All Rise Brewing Co
– Alter Brewing Company
– Around the Bend Beer Co.
– Burning Bush Brewery
– Church Street Brewing Company
– Dovetail Brewery
– Evil Horse Brewing Company
– Finch Beer Co
– Goose Island
– Goose Island
– Hailstorm Brewing Co.
– Half Acre Beer Company
– Haymarket Pub & Brewery
– Hopvine Brewing Company
– Illuminated Brew Works
– Imperial Oak Brewing
– Lake Effect Brewing Company LLC
– Metropolitan Brewing
– Noon Whistle Brewing
– Off Color 
– On Tour Brewing Co.
– Open Outcry Brewing Company
– Prairie Street Brewing Co.
– Revolution Brewing
– Roaring Table Brewery
– Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (Chicago)
– Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (Orland Park)
– Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (Warrenville)
– Rolling Meadows Brewery
– Sketchbook Brewing Company
– Spiteful Brewing
– Tighthead Brewing Company
– Two Brothers
– Urban Renewal Brewery
– Werk Force Brewing

*Note that sometimes beer gets spilled. Brewery participation is subject to change based on factors beyond our control.

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